PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – At the end of the third and final day of the 2012 Brown Invitational, the Brown women's swimming and diving team claimed the third spot out of the eight teams in attendance, solidly defeating Ivy League rival Dartmouth. Concluding the weekend with competition in five individual events and a relay, the Bears claimed another first place finish as well as numerous season best times.
The evening session began with the last heat of miles and while Brown was not represented in that heat, several Bears placed in the event from the afternoon session. Lauren Levy (Bethesda, MD) finished in 9th place with a time of 17:10.96, placing her 20th on the list of all-time top performers at Brown. Junior Ellen Downing (Denver, CO) touched just behind her in tenth, swimming the race is 17:13.78, while Ashley Frith (Charlotte, NC) took 16th in 17:39.05.
Brown followed that up with four swims in the 200 backstroke. Freshman Alexis Daswick (Scottsdale, AZ) was the team's top finisher, claiming the 6th spot with a time of 2:03.99, the 17th fastest time ever to be clocked by a Bear. Catherine Pitmann (Williamsburg, VA) took the top spot in the consolation final, finishing the race in 2:04.74, while Hillary Mulvey (Bristol, RI) placed 18th in 2:05.52 and Meghan Early (Orange, CT) grabbed 19th in 2:05.89.
In the shortest event of the night, the 100 freestyle, Reia Tong (Bethesda, MD) was the third place finisher in the championship final, touching in 50.54 which moves her to sixth on the list of Brown's top 25 performers in the event. Ellen Sellinger (Shorewood, WI) snuck into the 18th spot with a 52.40 and Megan Nolet (Saratoga, CA) finished in 23rd with a 52.86.
Three Bears swam in the championship final of the 200 breaststroke, with Briana Borgolini (Ballston Spa, NY) claiming first place honors, completing a weekend sweep of the breaststroke events. She swam a 2:14.41, tying her Brown University school record en route to an NCAA 'B' cut. Senior Kristin Jackson (Falmouth, ME) finished in fourth with a 2:18.88, while Charlene Flores (Chatsworth, CA) took fifth with a 2:20.50, making her the tenth fastest performer in Brown's history. Nicole Provenza (Millersville, MD) and Nicole Rento (Newport News, VA) also competed for the Bears, finishing 11th and 20th respectively.
Freshman Gina Matsumoto (Farmington Hills, MI) recorded Brown's best finish in the 200 butterfly, swimming a strong 2:02.51 to take fourth place honors and become the fourth fastest Bear to swim the event. Junior Kate Dillione (Newtown, PA) swam in the consolation final of the event, taking 12th place with a time of 2:03.79, placing her tenth on the list of all-time performers, while Leigh Holmes (Alma, MI) took 14th with a 2:05.22. Daswick competed in the bonus final, taking 19th in 2:07.62.
In the final event of the competition, the quartet of Dillione, Nolet, Sellinger and Tong grabbed a third place finish in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:24.43. The Bears' 'B' squad finished in sixth, capping off a fast weekend of swimming for the women's team.
Princeton claimed top honors in the 2012 Brown Invitational with 1,024 points, Yale finished second with 802 points and Brown rounded out the top three with 618 points. Dartmouth took fourth with 538 points, followed by Army (352), New Hampshire (256), Rider (125) and Columbia (64).
The Bears will return to the water on Saturday, January 5 when they take on Providence College in a 1:00pm meet across town.